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a letter from the 

'The heavens are telling of the glory of God; and their expanse is 

declaring the work of His hands. Day to day pours forth speech, 

and night to night reveals knowledge. " 

(Psalm 19:1-2), 

Pluto's recent downgrade to "dwarf planet" status 
directs us to consider the vast expanse between 
the profound magnificence of our Creator God — 
the One Who by His very word spoke the heavens and the 
earth into existence (Psalm 
33:6)- — -and what we as 
mankind know about our 
universe. Remarkably, 
though, the Psalmist 
reminds us that we are ever 
in His mind, "What is man 

that You are mindful of him, the son of man that You 
care for him?" 

During this academic year, a prominent theme we are 
seeing evidenced in many venues across our campus is the 
awesomeness of our God. We know that as we have faith 
our lives are in Him to carry out His purposes and to give 
Him glory. We can have absolute confidence in Him — the 
Creator of all things — for this life and for the world to 

You will enjoy learning more in this Bryan Life issue 
about the important and unique work of our Center for 
Origins Research (CORE). Even as God has moved the 
founder of CORE, Dr. Kurt Wise, to another ministry, He 
has brought to us another outstanding creation biologist, 

Dr. Roger Sanders, to carry on origins research at Bryan. 
Dr. Sanders joins CORE's director, Dr. Todd Wood, in 
providing creation biology studies for our students in 
addition to directing original research projects with them. 
Our 77th academic year has opened with evidence of 
God's blessing. A record enrollment of 920 students, a 
new MBA program, distance learning, a stellar freshman 
class academically and spiritually of 200 students, a new 
residence hall, and an exceptionally well-qualified faculty 
give us great cause for thanksgiving and promise of an 
exciting and productive year. 

Dr. Robert 
George from 
Princeton University 
opened our school 
year with an insightful 
convocation address. 
The Bryan Center for 
Critical Thought and Practice presented a symposium on 
"What is Man that Thou Art Mindful of Him?" in 
September as prelude to "Bioethics and the Meaning of 
Man," scheduled for November. Leading scholars from 
across the nation will have much to say to challenge our 
thinking. I hope you will return to the campus for the 
symposium or to join with the Chorale as they sing 
"Messiah" before we break for the holidays in December. 
"For as high as the heavens are above the earth, 
so great is His love for those who fear him. " (Psalm 103:1 1) 

"...The prominent theme we are 

seeing evidenced in many venues 

across our campus is the 

awesomeness of our God." 

Dr. Stephen D. Livesay 

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Getting to the 

of creation science: 

Bryan's Center for Origins Research 
begins a new chapter 

Sharpening the focus might be the best way to 
describe Dr. Todd Wood's vision as he takes over 
leadership of Bryan's Center for Origins Research 
(CORE) this fall. 

Dr. Wood, who holds a 
Ph.D. in biochemistry from 
the University of Virginia, 
said that under the leader- 
ship of his predecessor, Dr. 
Kurt Wise, CORE's efforts 
touched many of the sci- 
ences, reflecting both Dr. 

Wise's wide-ranging interests and the need for leadership 
in the creation science field. 

"I know there are other schools out there that want to 
do their own CORE-type program in a given area," he 
said. "They are excited with the science. I'm a biologist, 
not an astronomer or geologist, so well primarily focus on 
biology. I see this as our opportunity to carve out our own 
niche and do something that others are not" 

While Dr. Wise's discipline was paleontology, Dr. 

2 Christ above all 

Wood is joined by Dr. Roger Sanders, a botanist, giving 
CORE a preeminent position in the field of creationist 

"J plan to focus research in specific areas of biology, 

for example, design. 

"I see this as our opportunity to 
carve out our own niche and do 

something that others are not. 
Dr. Todd Wood 


How do we explain the 
levels of original 
design, similarities 
between organisms, 
odd structures in 
organisms? How do we 
explain natural evil, 
such as disease? How do we organize the vast array of liv- 
ing things? Where do species come from? Why do organ- 
isms live where they do?" Dr. Wood said. 

Dr. Sanders brings extensive experience in classifica- 
tion, ecology, and biogeography, skills that Dr. Wood 
expects will contribute significandy to CORE's new focus. 
Underlying these plans for CORE's development is Dr. 
Wood's commitment to excellence in science faithful to 
the Scriptures. Simplistic answers to basic questions drove 

him to strive for something better. For 
example, the argument that there must 
be a Creator since design in nature is so 
complex does not really identify the dif- 
ferences between creation and evolution 

"The elegance of design is very nice, 
but that's not something that's going to 
make or break our differences with evo- 
lution," he explained. "In the end, natural 
selection would predict a certain level of 
design. Because of that, I don't see how 
focusing on that helps us move beyond 
where we are now, to grow in a creation- 
ist understanding of the world. 

'The question of what's wrong with 
the world is key, I believe. Evolution says 
there's nothing wrong, that death and dis- 
ease are natural results of evolution. 
Creationists say that there is something 
wrong; for example, disease. If creationists 
are right, the philosophy of how we treat 
disease might be different. What if we said 
that the original bacteria were supposed to be helpful and 
now something is wrong with the bacteria? Our way of 
treatment might change. Instead of killing the bacteria, we 
might try to heal the bacteria as well as the patient." 

While original research, more sharply focused, will 
remain CORE'S primary mission, Dr. Wood purposes to 
enhance the center's role as a resource for creation sci- 
ence. 'Tm committed to turning our library into the best 
library in the world for origins research," he said. 'That 
was Kurt's vision in 1 989 when he came to start CORE. 
We're real close to that goal, and I believe we can attain 

Another goal is to increase awareness of CORE and 
origins research in general. "The issue of origins is impor- 
tant, because God made the world and everything in it as 
a revelation of Himself. If the creation is a revelation of 
God, I get to know Him better by studying it" 

From a scientific perspective, developing a credible 
creationist discipline, he believes, is the best way to win a 
hearing in the scientific world. "It has been the custom for 
creationists to go to the legal system when we see what 
are perceived to be injustices to creationism," he 
explained. "That's not how science works. If we want to 

"If we want to 'play* in the science culture, 

we have to play by the rules: original 

research; crafting, testing, and refining 

hypotheses; proposing explanations; and 

explaining data in scientific fashion." 

Dr. Todd Wood 

'play' in the science culture, we have to play by the rules: 
original research; crafting, testing, and refining hypotheses; 
proposing explanations; and explaining data in scientific 

"Hebrews 1 2: 1 tells us to lay aside every weight and 
run the race. Hebrews 12: 2 tells us why we should 'lay 
aside* and 'run with patience,* because Jesus is the author 
and finisher. Jesus should be our goal, getting to know 
Him and helping others to know Him. My hope for 
CORE is that we lay aside evolution and focus on our 
Creator and Savior, Jesus Christ" 

For more 


To learn more about the Center for Origins Research, 

visit the CORE web site, 

CORE faculty are available to speak in churches and 

schools. If you would like to schedule a CORE speaker 

for your organisation, contact Stephanie Mace at 

423-775-7321 or 

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Bryan welcomes 

Dr. Roger Sanders 


' aw?" may be one of the most important questions Dr. Roger 
Sanders, new associate director of the Center for Origins 
. Research, asks as he joins the Bryan College faculty this fall. 

Dr. Sanders, who earned his Ph.D in botany from the University of 
Texas at Austin, brings a strong background in taxonomy — the classifica- 
tion of organisms — ecology, and biogeography, credentials which will 
help sharpen CORE's focus on the biological sciences. "I know the tech- 
niques the evolutionists use in the field," he said. "This will dovetail very 
nicely with Todd Wood's work in molecular biology." 

In his new position, he will be assisting Dr. Wood with research, 
teaching, and directing research projects of his own, projects that fit 
CORE's effort to help build a comprehensive model of creation science. 
"How?" in this case, is very important 

"This is not just coming up with a story line," he explained, "it has to be a story line that fits with the scientific data 
so it can be presented to the secular scientific community. They may not agree with the underlying philosophy, but they 
can say, based on your philosophy, the presentation is internally consistent and stands up to scientific standards. 

"Creationism and evolutionism are both presuppositional frameworks, and it is unlikely that creation scientists will 
ever find that key bit of evidence that will convince entrenched evolutionists that evolution is false. However, profes- 
sionally executed research will construct a model of creation science that explains scientific data more effectively than 
does evolutionary theory" 

How this is done is critical, Dr. Sanders believes. 'If we claim to be scientific, we have to stand up to the scrutiny of 

Dr. Kurt Wise and the origins of CORE 

F 1 

| ram a 
dream that 
Dr. Ken 
Hanna had in the 
late 1980s for creat- 
ing an origins 
resource center, the 
Center for Origins Research (CORE) has 
grown into a leading research and 
resource organization promoting rigor- 
ous science from a biblical perspective. 
Turning that dream into a reality was 

the work of a new Ph.D. in paleontol- 
ogy, Dr. Kurt Wise, who now has turned 
the reins over to Dr. Todd Wood. From 
a one-man operation in 1 989, CORE has 

grown to three full-time staff members 
plus student workers with a reach that 
extends far beyond Bryan's campus. 
When he was interviewed for the 
CORE position in 1989, "I shared my 
dream to build a creation model," Dr. 
Wise said shortly before his move to 
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary 

this summer. "I told Dr. Hanna I could 
do what he wanted, but that his vision 
was too small. There could be more than 
a resource center; there could be a center 
for origins research woridwide." 

By the late 1 990s, that was indeed the 
case. "By 1999 CORE was producing 
more (scientific) papers than any other 
creationist organization worldwide," Dr. 
Wise said. We were involved with the 
Institute for Creation Research, with the 
international Conference on 

4 Christ above all 

across the world, over large bodies of water? Those were 
large stumbling blocks to me for a long time before I 
became a creationist. 

"Then there is the question of natural evil, disease 

organism, mostly bacteria. 
"To be good Stewards of the f eSOUfCes Did God create them that 

that God has given us, we should work on w or & d t^y have a 
projects that are 'big picture' problems." 

science, at least the science before Darwin," he said. 
"Using the scientific method is science to me, but evolu- 
tion has changed science. Today we see science being 
described as the scientific method plus only naturalistic 
causes. Now we're start- 
ing to see science drop 
the scientific method 
and simply accept natu 
ralistic causes only/' 

Creationist research, 
he believes, must build 
on the foundation laid down by the pre- 
Darwinian creation and secular scientists 
to give a more complete scientific expla- 
nation about die world around us. 

For example, <c We see great diversity in 
organisms appearing in a short time. The 
question is, how can we explain the 
release of the genetic information to be 
expressed in this great diversity in a short 
time after the flood? How does genetics and the expres- 
sion of genetics allow for rapid speciation? How and why 
did God make a pattern easily understood in 
an evolutionary way? 

"Another question is how did organisms get dispersed 

Dr. Roger Sanders 

became corrupted? 

"I feel I can contribute 
to the research in these 
areas," he said. 

As a discipline, creation science is still 
working toward a comprehensive model, 
a goal Dr. Sanders sees as a driving force 
behind research projects at this stage. "It 
is important to focus on research that 
can help resolve major gaps in the 
I model," he said. 

"To be good stewards of the 
resources that God has given us, we should work on proj- 
ects that are Taig picture* problems. It is such projects that 
bring God's design in nature into focus and truly bring 
glory to Him." 

Creationism, and we had helped estab- 
lish the Hansen Research Station," a 
dinosaur excavation site in Wyoming 

While scientific papers reflected 
CORIL's research orientation, two on- 
line services highlight its resource mis- 
sion. Early this decade CORE created 
the 1 lybridatabasc, a listing of animal 
cross-breeds, and the Creation-anti- 
Evolution Database, a comprehensive 
listing of articles on the creation-evolu- 
tion debate. As a result of efforts by 
the CORE staff, including publication 
of Dr. Wise's book Faith, Form and Time, 
and Dr. Wood's textbook, Understanding 

the Pattern of life, the first creationist 
professional biology society, the 
Baramanology Study Group (now 
BSG), was organized. 

As a paleontologist, Dr. Wise has 
been working on developing a creation- 
ist geology model, but sees CORE's 
focus shifting under Dr. Wood's leader- 
ship to emphasize the field of biology. 

"We're far ahead of biology in geol- 
ogy," he said. "You have to start with a 
classification system I started looking 
for someone to take that on because I 
wanted to build the paleontology 
model. It took a few years for me to 

run into Todd and realize he has what it 
takes to run with it. He has done an 
extraordinary job, taking that field 
where I could never take it" 

'With the incorporation of BSG, it 
has become the first discipline-specific 
organization in any field in creation sci- 
ence. It will set the standard for similar 
discipline societies. Next will be geolo- 
gy, and astronomy will follow." 

Model-building, not evolution-bash- 
ing, is critical to Dr. Wise's efforts. He 
said he is surprised that the creation 
model has come as far as it has in the 
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Dyanamic speakers help launch 
a new school year at Bryan 

Two speakers offered perspectives on history and cur- 
tent events as the academic year opened in August 

Dr. Robert George, a member of the President's 
Council on Bioethks, gave the convocation address, focus- 
ing on "The Politics of Supreme Court Appointments," 
and Congressman Zach Wamp, who represents the district 
-which includes Bryan College, spoke in chapel about chal- 
lenges the country tCT , . - - 

c I want to see you being; successful 

faces. • & 

During Dr. by helping others." 

George's visit on Aug Congressman Zach Wamp 

23, Bryan President 

Dr. Stephen D. Livesay presented him an honorary Doctor 
of Civil Law degree. "Dr. George is "a leader who brings 
his convictions into the public square, tirelessly persuading 
and reasoning for timeless truth in a culture of moral rela- 
tivism and spiritual chaos," Dr. Livesay said. 

Dr. George responded that the values he shares with 
Bryan College "makes it a privilege and a very great honor 
to be joining the ranks of the honorary alumni of this col- 
lege. This is a degree of which I am unreservedly proud." 

In his convocation address, Dr. George traced the his- 
tory of presidential appointments to the Supreme Court 
from George Washington to George W. Bush, and the 
development of the interaction of the Court with the 
other branches of government. 

He said even the most careful choices by presidents 
can have unexpected outcomes because "history is replete 
with cases of justices surprising the president who 
appointed them." 

While political considerations enter into the selection 
process "this has never been considered scandalous so 
long as nominees are in possession of the talents and 
virtues needed to serve on the highest court I believe this 
is why President Bush got into trouble with Harriet 
Miers," because she was not perceived to be qualified. 
Perhaps the most controversial Supreme Court deci- 
sion in recent years was the 

2000 ruling that settled that 
year's presidential election. "I 
suggest that the soundness of 
that decision will be debated 
as long as the Republic stands," he said "But I believe 
presidents will be even more careful with their appointees" 
as a result 

Five days later, Congressman Zach Wamp, who repre- 
sents Tennessee's Third District, challenged students to 
engage the critical issues confronting our nation, "'the 
Lord didn't say to hide until He comes. He said to go out, 
to be used. I want to see you being successful by helping 

During his visit Dr. Livesay presented the 
Congressman a copy of Bryan's 75th anniversary Bible, 
pointing out that the Bible "is the ultimate policy manual." 

Rep. Wamp said meeting the challenges of energy, 
health care, and radical Islam will require heroic efforts 
from the coming generation of leaders. 

America's energy needs could be met simply by a mar- 
ket-driven switch to ethanol, he said. "The problem of 
energy is that we're way too dependent on the rest of the 

6 Christ above all 

world for oil. The quickest way to 
become energy-independent is to fol- 
low the example of Brazil in their use 
of sugarcane to make ethartol. All you 
have to do is produce a market alter- 

He suggested that a native North 
American plant, switchgrass, could 
play the same role in this process here 
that sugarcane does in Brazil. 

He warned that "we don't have a 
solution on the horizon" for the 
health care crisis confronting the 
nation because of the expected needs 
and limited resources. "One thing that 
would help is preventive health care — 
good nutrition, more exercise. But 
unless we change our lifestyles there 
is no way the health care system can 
take care of the people who will need 

As for terrorism, Mr. Wamp said 
that "radical Islam, manifested 
through jihadists, wants to wage war 
against the West. They are the 
extreme elements of Islam. If this 
were Christianity out there (encourag- 
ing violence to spread its influence), 
someone would be saying "This is not 
us.' But where are the mullahs? Where 
are the (Islamic) leaders?" 

Although these are grim chal- 
lenges, he said, "All of these present 
opportunities for you to enter the 
marketplace and present solutions ." 

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Presidential Scholars 

Ten freshmen have been awarded Presidential Scholarships for the 2006-07 aca- 
demic year. Presidential Scholarships are competitive awards given on the basis 
of high school grades, test scores, an essay, and a personal interview. The 
grant, Bryan's highest academic award, is renewable for four years. 
New presidential scholars include: 

9 o6-'o7 

Ally son 

Allyson Adams, daughter of Eric and Peggy Adams of Glendale, Ky, a biology major. 
AUyson is a home school graduate who participated in TeenPact, a ministry to educate students about gov- 
ernment from a Christian perspective. She served as a staff member after attending as a student. She also 
served as a defense attorney in die Hardin County, Ky., Teen Court, and was a Kentucky Governor's 
Scholar. She learned about Bryan from friends who are alumni and who have children attending. At Bryan 
she wants to be involved with one of the Practical Christian Involvement (PCI) ministries and the Student 
Government Association in addition to working through the college work-study program. 

Carolyn Candland, daughter of Ben and Deborah Candland of Pembroke Pines, Fla., a psychology 
major. Carolyn is a home school graduate who is a National Merit Commended Scholar. She served as a 
teen advisor with a crisis pregnancy center's abstinence education program while in high school She 

learned about Bryan from a younger friend who was considering attending, then visited campus before her 
senior year in high school. "In the process of looking at other schools, God kept bringing me back to 
Bryan," she said. "Now that I'm here, I have such peace that this is where God wants me. Carolyn hopes to 
be involved with Hilltop Players, a PCI ministry, and abstinence education programs in the community. 
After college, she plans to attend graduate school 



Taryn Haught, daughter of Brian and Kerrie Haught, missionaries in Belgium who consider LaGrange, 
Ga., their stateside home, a history major. Taryn is a home school graduate, who did an exchange program 
in a Belgian school for two months. She volunteered for the Red Cross at a local hospital, and worked as a 
math tutor and teacher for an English as a second language class in Belgium. Friends in the States told her 
family about Bryan. "I attended the Summit in Colorado and heard John Stonestreet speak," she said. "He's 
an excellent speaker; he really grabbed me. I wanted to come to Bryan where the professors would have a 
worldview like his." At Bryan, she would like to be involved with a PCI ministry and work with the year- 
book. After graduation, she plans to continue her education and would like to teach history 


Hannah Hamrick, daughter of Stewart and Peggy Hamrick of Callahan, Fla., who is majoring in 
English literature and political communication. Hanna, a home school graduate, played basketball and ran 
track for a public high school. She participated in international and stateside missions trips, volunteered with 
the elderly and disabled, and was a Bible school teacher. brother, joey, '04, and sister, Molly '06, preced- 
ed her at Bryan. She decided to come because of "all die people I've met, the things my brother and sister 
learned, and the way the professors are involved with students." At Bryan, she plans to be involved in a PCI 
ministry, drama, and intramural sports. After graduating, she is considering missions service. 







David Hasty, son of Randy and Jill Hasty of Dallas, Texas, a youth ministry major and considering a 
second major in communication studies. David, a home school graduate, was a member of Phi Theta 
Kappa honor society for community college students, and the Spanish Honor Society. His mother knew 
about Jeff Myers and that he teaches at Bryan. "She suggested I look at the web site. I did, and I liked the 
spiritual emphasis I saw, so I called, and then visited the campus." The visit helped seal his decision to 
attend. As a student, he wants to be involved with a PCI ministry or in a local church. Following gradua- 
tion, he plans to work in youth ministry, possibly with missionary children overseas. 

Millie Jones, daughter of Belson and Amy Jones of Abbeville, S.C., an English literature major. Millie 

MUlie, a graduate of Abbeville High School, was a member of the National Honor Society, Beta Club, FCA «* < 
leadership team, National FFA Organization secretary, participated in the Model United Nations and was 
listed in Who's Who Among American High School Students. She is a National Merit Commended Student. In 
2004, she was a delegate to the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards program. She first heard about Bryan from 
her aunt, Martha Jones Faires, *72, She received information from the college, attended an Illuminate visita- 
tion weekend "and loved it" she said. At Bryan, she hopes to be involved with the Worldvicw Teams and 
Student Government Association. Following graduation, she plans to continue her education so she can 
teach in college, and write for publication. 


Philip Meznar, son of Dr. Martin and Linda (Ross) Meznar of Peoria, Ari2., a mathematics major. 
Philip, a graduate of Centennial High School in Peoria, was class valedictorian, a member of the National 
Honor Society, and is a National Merit Finalist. Both of his parents are Bryan graduates in the Class of 
1 982; his father's parents, Leonard, '51 , and Dona (Blaine) Meznar, *53x; and his mother's father, Larry 
Ross, '63x, attended Bryan; and his sister, Emily, is a Bryan senior, so Bryan is something of a family tradi- 
tion. But it was his decision to come. "I visited several times and liked the Christ-centered atmosphere. It 
felt right," he said. At Bryan, he hopes to be involved with student government and PCI ministries such as 
Pals or Students in Service. He is uncertain about what he will do after college. 

Olivia Pool, daughter of Michael and Cathy Pool of PowelL Term., a business administration major. p . 

Olivia, a home school graduate, was active in her church drama and youth group. She volunteered at a sum- 
mer camp and for Child Evangelism Fellowship. She learned about Bryan from alumni friends. "Bryan has a 
good reputation among students, and it's spoken highly of by alumni," she said. "God opened lots of doors, 
so I knew this was where He wanted me to come." While at Bryan she hopes to be involved with the Pals 
ministry and with drama After she graduates she hopes to open a chain of bookstores. 


Andrew Sweeny, son of Pete and Gloria Sweeny of Chattanooga, Tenn., an exercise and health science 
major. Andrew, a home school graduate, was active in band, home school drama troupe, and mock trial 
team. He volunteered at a Christian radio station and played in the saxophone ensemble at the University of 
Tennessee-Chattanooga. He first learned about Bryan from his sister, Jennifer, a 2003 graduate, and learned 
more from friends who are current students, "I can't say enough about the great atmosphere at Bryan, and 
I'm fairly certain that that particular factor was what drew me here. I'm so glad I'm here and can't wait to 
see what happens in the next few years." At Bryan, he plans to participate in PCI ministries, music, and 
intramural sports. After graduation he plans to become a physical therapist. 

Daniel Zimmerman, son of Stephen and Peggy Zimmerman of Grandview, Tenn., an English/ sec- 
ondary education major. Daniel, a graduate of Rhea County High School in Evensville, Tenn., was class 
valedictorian, a member of the National Honor Society, an officer in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, 
and Commissioned, a Bible club. He also played baseball and ran cross country. He laughed when asked 
how he first learned about Bryan. 'Tve lived in Rhea County for 13 years, people in my church work at 
Bryan, my grandparents went to Bryan, and Fm friends with children of faculty members," he said. He 
chose to come because "the Lord provided the funds, it has the major I wanted, I get to play baseball, and a 
lot of my friends are going here." While at Bryan, he plans to play baseball and become involved with stu- 
dent government After college, he hopes to teach high school English. 



The Bryan Center 
for Critical Thought and Practice 

Center for Origins Research 

Center for I ,aw and Government ♦ Summit at Biyan College 

Dr. Charles Van Eaton, Director 

Passing the Baton International 

Bioethics and the Meaning of Man: A 
November 10-11, 2006 

In its September seminar, the Bryan Center addressed the 
question "What is Man That Thou Art Mindful of Htm? 
The Meaning of Man in the Old Testament" The 
upcoming seminar, "Bioethics and the Meaning of Man: A 
Biblical Vision," builds on the ideas developed in September 
to address a wide range of issues which fall under the rubric 
of Bioethics. 

The word "ethic" comes from Greek, meaning "custom" 
or, more broadly, "doing the right things," But what is the 
"right thing" when science now seems to be able to harvest 
cells from one life — ending that life, of course — for the pur- 
pose of maintaining another life? What is right about ending 
a life because the cost of sustaining it may be deemed exces- 

The four speakers for the November seminar have had 
wide experience in the new field of Bioethics. Dr. Carter 

Biblical Vision 

Snead is a professor of law at Notre Dame who specializes in 
bioethics. Dr. Harold Y. Vanderpool teaches ethics to medical 
students at the University of Texas Medical Branch-Galveston. 
Dr. W Gary Phillips is a pastor and consultant to the medical 
profession. Mr. Eric Cohen is a Fellow with the Ethics and 
Public Policy Center and is a widely published scholar in 
bioethics, particularly regarding the issue of stem cell research. 

As nationally syndicated columnist Paul Greenberg, edito- 
rial page editor for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, says, 
"There's always a right and wrong. You just have to find 
it..even if it takes time and effort That's ethics." 

The Nov. 10-11 seminar of the Bryan Center for Critical 
Thought and Practice aims to use time and effort to study 
these issues. 

This program begins on Friday evening, continues through 
Saturday afternoon, and is open to the public at no charge. 

Wise moves to equip pastors 

continued from page 5 
scientific work! given the lack of people, 
money, and professional scientific organi- 
zations. "Why is creationism doing so 
well?" he asked. 'If I could be objective, I 
would have to say that maybe there's 
something to this. Maybe it's a powerful 
explanatory tool for the universe. I think 
this is the development of a new field, fol- 
lowing a predictable sequence, as science 
did a couple of centuries ago, as disci- 
plines of science did later on. Creationism 
is growing as a successful discipline would 
be expected to grow. 

"In the history of science, disciplines 
did not arise without conflict; either public 

IO Christ abavE all 

opinion or academic opinion often was 
against the new discipline." 

While he leaves Bryan with mixed 
emotions, he is excited about the possibili- 
ties awaiting him at Southern Seminary. 
Included in his job will be developing a 
center for science and theology, and teach- 
ing a course "about all the science a pastor 
needs to know" for ministerial students. 

<f My focus now will be on building a 
creation community; the creation model 
will grow out of that community. I envi- 
sion a biblical studies community that sees 
value in origins studies and helps build the 

"1 would like the church to understand 

the importance of origins, but more basic 
than that, to understand the importance of 
Scripture. Scripture ought to be founda- 
tional to everything wc do. 

"Students see that if they can have a 
common understanding of Scripture that 
works in a field like science, maybe it 
works in my life as well. If our pastors 
could grab onto the concept that the Bible 
is foundational for life, for all areas, that 
would be spectacular. I would like to see 
seminary students more versed in science, 
but more importantly, embrace Scripture 
as their starting point in all aspects of 
their thinking." 

Author donates books to alma mater 

By Dr. Whit Jones 

Professor of English 

Isaac's query on the way up 
Mount Moriah, "Where is the 
lamb for the burnt offering?" 
(Gen. 22:7), according to Dr. Jim 
Townsend, was as natural a question 
for the son of Abraham as a contem- 
porary child's asking, "Where are the 
tickets?" on the way to Disneyland. 
Abraham's reply, "God Himself will 
provide the lamb," according to 
Townsend, was an assertion of 
"emboldened, exclamatory faith" that 
looked forward to God's providing 
His own Son as the final sacrifice for 
our sins. We should remember this 
amazing provision whenever we par- 
take of the Lord's Supper. 

These thoughts inform just one of 

the approximately one hundred meditations included in 2-Mimte Messages for 
Communion Celebrations, a 2003 book by Townsend, who graduated from Bryan 
in 1966. The meditations are drawn from the concept of communion itself 
and from Israel's history, the Psalms and prophetic books, the Gospels, 
Romans, the Kpisdes, Hebrews, and Revelation. 

In the body and blood of Christ, God has let down a ladder to heaven for 
all of us, just as in Jacob's vision. The Lord's Supper looks back to the rich 
table discussed by David in Psalm 23 and the lovers' banquet in Song of 
Solomon and forward to the marriage supper which we will share with Christ 
in heaven. Townsend encourages us to meditate more deeply on the meaning 
of Christ's sacrifice by connecting it in incisive fashion with such biblical 
events, images, and ideas and by having us relate it to experiences from our 
own daily lives. The meditations usually end with an exhortation to the com- 
municants to think deeply on, make application of, and rejoice in the truths on 
which the meditation focuses. 

Townsend, a pastor and part-time professor at Judson College, is donating 
this book along with his 2005 Gold and Dross: A Christian Perspective on Fifteen 
World-Class Writers (two of the fourteen books he has written) to the Bryan 
College Library. 



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Soccer camp prepares Lions for play 

When the men's soccer team takes the field this fall 
winning mote than games will be on their minds 
thanks, in part, to a challenge they received in 
their pre-season camp with the Charlotte Eagles professional 
soccer team. 

Coach Sandy Zensen took his squad to Charlotte, N.C., 
early in August for a pre-season camp, intending to take 
advantage of soccer iessons from professional players and 
desiring to help his athletes catch a vision for ministry through 

"A good portion of the camp included instruction in spiri- 
tual ministry" Dr. Zensen said. "We spent about three hours a 
day in worship, group meetings, and small group meetings 
learning how to use soccer as a tool for advancing the 
Kingdom of God." 

The message was reinforced by the camp instructors, 
members of the Eagles team, including 2005 Bryan graduate 
Danny Harvey, who taught soccer on the field, then worked 
with the Bryan student-athletes in ministry training. 

Sophomore goal keeper Mark Baker, from Knoxville, 
Tenn., said the camp was an excellent way to start the season. 

"It was top-notch, having professional players give us indi- 
vidual attention. They cared about us," he said. In the chapel 
sessions, "The speaker challenged us, spoke truth from the 
Word. He set the tone for the season for the team. I wouldn't 
want to start the season any other way" 

David Villanueva, a sophomore defender from Siler City, 
N.C., said the camp offered "good, solid instruction," but the 
biggest soccer benefit "was the way the team came out 

12 Christ above all 

focused. Everyone was together." 

He said he appreciated the spiritual challenge for team 
members to make something of themselves. "The Eagles play- 
ers showed us ways to view our gifts, to use them, to use soc- 
cer for something more than just having fun." 

The Eagles players also encouraged team members to be 
spiritual leaders on campus, Ben Whitley, a sophomore from 
Asheboro, N.C., added. "They talked about Paul's allusions to 
sports and challenged us to play the game as Christ would." 

Dr. Zensen said the theme for the week was "Man Up and 
Get in the Game," challenging the players to step up to the 
challenge of advancing the Kingdom of God through their 
athletic efforts. 

His new assistant coach, Joey Johnson, is a former 
Charlotte Eagle, who said the emphasis on sports ministry is 
critical for Christian athletes. "\ had played four or five years 
before I went to the Eagles, and won a couple of champi- 
onships. But I had reached the point that if that was all there 
was, it was pretty unfulfilling. Having a purpose more fulfilling 
than playing for me or my teammates, a focus on eternally rel- 
evant things, made it more satisfying. Soccer became a tool for 
reaching people for Christ." 

While there obviously remains a goal of winning games 
and championships, Dr. Zensen said he is actively pursuing 
ministry outreaches for his team later this year. "I want our 
student-athletes to put into practice the things they learned in 
camp, to get first-hand experience in using soccer as a min- 

May graduate the granddaughter of WWII hero 

By Dr. Jack W. Traylor 

Professor of History 

When Hayden McCoy of 
Southlake, Texas, received her 
diploma at graduation May 6, 
like her fellow graduates she took with her 
many special memories of her years at 
Bryan College. For Hayden, one memory 
may stand out as it relates to her grandfa- 
ther, Dr. Giles McCoy, who served in the 
Marine Corps during World War II, and a 
course in United States History Since 1 877 
she took from Dr. Jack W Traylor, head of 
Bryan's Department of History. 

Each spring Dr. Traylor shows a docu- 
mentary to the class, "Indianapolis: Ship of 
Doom," to honor the memory of the 
approximately 800 sailors and Marines who 
died in the incident and to inform class 
members about what is considered the 
worst disaster in U S. Navy history. The 
documentary focuses on the story of the 
torpedoing of the U.S.S. Indianapolis in the 
Philippine Sea, on July 30, 1945, and 
includes interviews with some of the sur- 

vivors, one of which is Dr. McCoy, a retired chiro- 
practor. After showing the film to Hayden 's class, 
Dr. Traylor asked her if she might know the for- 
mer Marine since the two shared the same last 
name. Hayden replied, "1 sure do — he's my grand- 

Hayden's response led Dr. Traylor to establish a 
correspondence with Dr. McCoy, who sent Dt 
Traylor an autographed copy of Doug Stanton's 
book about the disaster, T« Harm's Way: The Sinking 
of the USS Indianapolis and the Extraordinary Story of 
Us Survivors. Dr. McCoy's role in caring for the survivors during their almost five-day 
ordeal in the open Pacific is a central theme of this book. 

Just before its sinking, the Indianapolis had completed a secret mission, delivering 
the first atomic bomb to Tinian Island, for later use against Hiroshima. When torpe- 
does hit the Indianapolis, about 300 of the approximately 1,100 crew members were 
killed immediately, but well over 800 survived. Nearly five days passed before they were 
rescued, forgotten because no one knew their ship had been sunk. About 500 had died 
in the water during these days — most the victims of shark attacks. The documentary 
and the book tell of Pvt. McCoy's efforts to save as many men as possible. 

Dr. Traylor had hoped that Dt McCoy could attend Hayden's graduation so the two 
could meet However, health problems prevented him from doing so. Still, as Hayden 
crossed the stage, Dr. Traylor silentiy saluted Pvt McCoy, the men of the Indianapolis, 
and all Americans who experienced the Herculean struggle of the Second World War. 

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ROY, '51, and Gloria CLARK were 
surprised by 25 children and grand- 
children -with a dinner to recognize 
his 50 years in the ministry. Roy is 
associate director of church ministries 
for Radio Bible Class. 


PRICE, '53x, reports that she has 

been accepted as a member of the 
Daughters of the American 
Revolution, tracing her family to a 
soldier who fought in the war for 
independence. Carrie lives in 
Evensville, Term. 

'55, is author of an article on William 
Jennings Bryan, published in the new 
Encyclopedia of American Conservatism. 
chairman of the English Department 
at Hillsdale College, also has articles 
in the Encyclopedia on M.E. Bradford, 
Donald G. Davidson, and Marion H. 

JIM REESE, '56, has been awarded 
an honorary Doctor of Divinity 
degree by McMaster Divinity College 
in recognition of his "50 years of 
devotion to Jesus Christ and the 
spread of the gospel." Jim is pastor 
emeritus of Benton Street Baptist 
Church in Kitchener, Ontario, 

14 Christ above all 

Canada, where he served for 25 years. 
He and his wife, Adrienne, live there. 

GERALD SMITH, '59, who has 
served with Biblical Ministries 
Worldwide since 1980, is the organi- 
zation's director of church relations. 
He also is serving a four-year term as 
president of the board of directors of 
IFCA International. 

1960s i) 

JIM FICKLEY, '61x, has retired 
after 44 years as a teacher in Florida 
and Chattanooga, Term. He began 
teaching Bible history in the 
Chattanooga public schools in 1 962, 
before moving to Florida, where he 
taught, was a principal, and served as 
a pastor until moving back to 
Chattanooga in the late 1990s. Jim 
and his wife, Barbara, raised their 
family in Florida, but all three sons, 
JONATHAN, '86; EDWARD, '89; 
and CHRISOPHER, '96, graduated 
from Bryan. 

1970s %; 

LYNNE (STEVENS), '71, and Des 
HARPER have moved to Belfast, 
Northern Ireland, after working in 
England for 1 7 years with Operation 
Mobilization. They are part of the 
missions mobilization project in 

Daniel and Cynthia Wright 
with wedding guests 

DANIEL WRIGHT, *74, and 
Cynthia Eaton were married July 29, 
in Chattanooga, Tenn. 

FORD, '74, writes from her home in 
Norwich, Ontario, Canada, that the 
third of her five children was married 
this summer. She and her husband, 
Bruce, are enjoying two grandchil- 

retired after teaching 31 years in 
Kingsport,Tenn. She spent January 
through March this year in Chiva, 
Japan, teaching English and Bible 
studies to Japanese adults with 
Mission to the World of the 
Presbyterian Church in America. 

*74x, recendy relocated to Oak Ridge, 

N.C., where her son, QUINTON 
KOCHER, '97, and his wife, Kristin, 
reside. Quinton is an implantable 
medical device sales rep with 
Medtronic Corporation in the area of 
neurological therapies. 

JUDY LEE, *75, has retk ed after 30 
years teaching math in public school. 
She is planning to return to school to 

study accounting this fall. 

(RAGLAND) LAPLUE, '81; and 
met at the Women of Faith 
Conference in Adanta, Ga., in June, 
for their own reunion. Even though 
they were blessed by the conference, 
they agreed that the best part of the 
weekend was the fellowship together. 
They thank the Lord for the impact 
Bryan College had on their lives. 

Darlene (Ragland) Laplue, Katie 

(Buitz) Caldwell, Debbie (Martinez) 

Donovan, , and Pamela (Henry) 


1980s •> 

'81, was elected to the Macon, Ga., 
city council in July. She won a three- 
way race in special election to rill a 
vacated seat on the council 

BRUCE, '82, and JERRI (BECK), 
'92, MORGAN announce the birth 
of their son, Andrew JaMarcus, on 
May 4. He weighed 8 lbs, 2 oz. 
Andrew joins big sister Rose, 2. The 
Morgan family lives in Dayton, Term., 

where Bruce is 

dean of students 
at Bryan and 
Jerri is a mosdy 
mom who works , 
part-time as Morgan 

Bryan's director of intramural athlet- 

Keay Family 

BRIAN, '86x, and ANNE (GOR- 
DON), '87, KEAY announce the 

birth of their fourth son, Justin 
Alexander, on May 2. Justin weighed 
7 lbs., 1 1 02. lie joins big brothers 
Nathaniel, 11; Ian, 9; and Christopher, 
6. Brian spent part of this past fall in 
New Orleans with the Billy Graham 
Rapid Response Team as a chaplain 
ministering to hurricane Katrina vic- 

STEVE, '87, and LOIS (SILVEY), 

'91, SNYDER announce the birth of 

their daughter, Natalie Kate, on Aug 

22. Natalie 

weighed 8 

lbs., 13 02. 

She joins 


and sisters 

Leah, 9; 

Charlie, 7; 

Jack, 5; and Sarah, 3. 

HANS KIRKMAN, '88, is a captain 

Leah, Charhe, Jack, 
Sarah and Natalie Snyder 

in the U.S. Army serving a year's 
deployment in Iraq, where he is train- 
ing Iraqi soldiers. His wife, MAR- 
GARET gOHNSON), '88x, is at 
home in Richmond, Va., with their 
eight children, Mitchell, 12; Braxton, 
1 1 ; Everett, 9; Keaghn, 7; Grayson, 6; 
Caroline, 5; Suzannah, 2; and 
Margaret- Anne, 1 8 months. 


and her husband, Craig, live in 
Garland, Texas, where Kris has home 
schooled their daughters, Rachel, 1 3, 
and Renee, 1 2, until this year. Craig 
works for IBM. 

1990s %; 

PAUL KUCK, '90, and his wife, 
Sherri, send greetings to their friends 
from their home in Neosho, Wise. 
Paul and Sherri have three daughters, 
Samantha, 12; Sarah, 8; and Susannah, 


SEY, '91, has resumed teaching ele- 
mentary music at Indian Rocks 
Christian School in Largo, Fla., after a 
10-year break. During her years away 
from the classroom she and her hus- 
band, Vernon, had two children, 
McKayla, 10, and Jameson, 8. She 
also worked as music director at her 
church. The Kinsey family lives in 
Seminole, Fla. 

ERIC, '94, and Allison ALBRIGHT 
announce the birth of their daughter, 
Gianna Eliana, on July 17. Gianna 

weighed 8 lbs., 5 oz., and was 21 inch- 
es long. She joins big brother Jared, 3. 

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HOLCOMB, both '94, announce the 

births of 
their daugh- 
ters, Isabella 
Nicole, on 
Aug. 5, 2004; 
Anastasia and Isabella Anastasia 

Holcomb EKse, on June 

23, 2005. David is a market analyst 
with Bullnbear investment company 
and Diana resigned from her position 
with Forest Pharmaceuticals to stay 
home with the girls. The Holcombs 
live in Hazelwood, Mo., where they 
also own a karate studio. 

KATHY (BROWN), '95, and Kevin 
GOUNAUD announce the birth of 
their son, Joshua Michael, on July 12. 
Joshua weighed 6 lbs., 13 o'z., and was 
1 9 inches long. The Gounaud family 
lives in Knoxville, Tenn. 

RICKY and 



SMITH, both 

'96, announce 

the birth of 

their second 



Rebecca, on Jan. 30. Moreland joins 

big sister Tennyson, 2 Vz. The Smiths 

live in Fortson, Ga., where Ricky is 

youth and music minister at Piney 

Grove Baptist Church. 

JEREMY, »98, and Neyled CHEON 

announce the birth of their son, 
Dylan Andres, on May 25. Dylan 

weighed 8 lbs., 1 1 02. and was 19 

inches long. The Cheon family lives in '04x, and her husband, Jonathan 
Pembroke Pines, Fk POINTEVINT. 

Moreland and 
Tennyson Smith 


'96x, and 

"96, PRICE 

announce the \S! 


birth of their son, Wyatt Joseph, on 
May 24. The Price family lives in 

Chesapeake, Va. 

Arrets on Family 
HEATHER (ARWE), '98, and 
Brandon ALVERSON have moved 
to Loveland, Colo., where Brandon is 
a general manager for Chick-fU-A in 
Fort Collins. Heather is a homemaker 
and home schools their son, Gabe, 5. 
The Alversons also have twin girls, 
Emma and Danae, who are almost 2. 

MELODY (OWENS), '98, and Josh 

announce the 

birth of their 

first child, 

Sarah Kaelyn, 

on June 23, 

2005. The 

Simmonses are preparing for work in 

missionary aviation now that Josh has 

left the Navy. He will start an 1 8- 

month training program, then will 

begin deputation. The Simmonses live 

in Norfolk, Va., where they work with 

their church youth group with 


Simmons Family 

JULIA DENINA '99, has joined 
Cherry, Bekaert & 
Holland, LL.P, 
one of the largest 
regional account- 
ing and consulting 
firms headquar- 
tered in the 
Southeast, as audit J ulia Di 
manager in the health care and med- 
ical sciences group. In addition to her 
degree from Bryan, Julia earned a 
MBA degree from Georgia State 
University 7 . 


received the 
Doctor of 

degree from 

College of 

Pharmacy at 

t h e Amy (Nance) Gerhart 

University of the Sciences in 
Philadelphia, Pa., in May. She is a resi- 
dent at Mercy Suburban Hospital in 
Norristown, Pa. While in school, Amy 
traveled with a medical missions 
group to Panama and published two 
articles in the journal of Christian 
Pharmacist Fellowship International, 
She and her husband, DAVE, '99, live 
in North Wales, Pa. 

BEN, '01, and ELIZABETH 
announce the birth of their daughter, 
Emily Elizabeth, on Aug. 1 . The 
Gardens live in Soddy-Daisy, Tenn, 

l6 Christ above all 

'99x, and Greg 
announce die 
birth of their 
Cameron and Cameron Adeie, 
Reece Mateyoke on Sept 20, 
2005. Adele joins big brother Reece, 
2. Julie worked as a school psycholo- 
gist, but now is a stay-at-home mom. 
Gteg works as a pharmacist for the 
University of Kentucky hospital in 
J Arlington. 

(CRUZ), >99, and 
Kevin KRESS 
announce the birth 
of their son, 
Matthew William, 
on March 13. 
Matthew weighed 6 
lbs., 1 1 oz., and was 20 inches long. 
The Kress family lives in 
Chattanooga, Tenn., where Kevin 
works at CIGNA as a financial under- 
writer and Marina is at home with 

2000s •; 

BRAD, '01, and OLIVIA (FAGAN), 
'00, HOLLIDAY were married July 
2, 2005, in Hurricane, W Va. Bryan 
friends in the wedding included 
SEY, '00; and TERRY KNECHT, 
'00. Brad received his Master of 
Divinity degree from Southeastern 
Baptist Theological Seminary in May 
2005, and expects to receive his 

Matthew Kress 

Brad and Olivia Holiday 
Master of Theology degree this 
December. Olivia works as an admin- 
istrative assistant at Landmark 
Construction and Development in 
Wake Forest, N.C The Hollidays live 
in Youngsville, N.C 

JAMES, '02, and VALERIE 

■01, WOLFE 
announce the 
birth of their sec- 
ond daughter, 
Rachel Elizabeth. 
Rachel was born 

June 28 and weighed 6 lbs, 8 02. She 
joins big sister Laura, 18 months. 

URQUHART, both '02, announce 
the birth of their daughter, Afton 
Reay, on March 
29, Afton weighed 
8 lbs., 9 oz. In 
May, the 

Urquharts visited 
Bryan when 
Anna's sister, graduated. 

KERRI WENZEL, '02, received her 
M.D. degree from the University of 
Maryland School of Medicine in 
Baltimore on May 19. She began a 
four-year residency in obstetrics and 
gynecology at the Perm State Milton 

S. liershey 
Center in 
Hershey, Pa., 
in July. 
'01, attended 
the gradua- 
tion ceremony, 

Kerri Wemel and 
Rachel Mizell 

Ashley Dietz were married in 
Richmond, Va., on April 4. Bryan 
friends at the wedding included 
>05x, his brother; TYLER 
'02x; JOHN JARVIS, '02x; and 
PHIL DOUGLAS, '02; Brian's aunts 
'78; and JAN HAWKINS '78. Brian 
is the son of JON, '74, and MARI- 
'75. Brian and Ashely live in 
Blacksburg, Va., attending Virginia 
'lech, where Brian is pursuing his 
Ph.D. in forest entomology and 
Ashley is studying at the veterinary 

earned his Master's degree from 
Geneva College, and has accepted a 

position as resident director at 
Covenant College. 

DEBRA SMITH, '03, is beginning 
her second year of teaching English 
with Oasis International School in 
Kabul, Afghanistan. She works with 
third- to sixth-graders and plans to 

Bryan life 1^ 

begin an English as a second language education at Ebenezer Baptist Church Travis is in sales for a heating and air 
program for parents this fall. in Khoxville, Tenn. conditioning company. 


has graduated from the U.S. Military 
Academv and has been commissioned 
a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army. 
At West Point, Ben concentrated his 
studies in Arabic 


were married 
May 20, in 
Pa, Bryan 
friends in the 

Matthew and Renee i* cluded 



ABBY MILLER, '03, earned her 
M.S. degree in Christian Counseling at 
Philadelphia Biblical University in 
May 2005. She works as a foster care 
and adoption caseworker for Bethany 
Christian Services in Philadelphia, Pa. 

JOE, '03, and AMBER (LANE), 

'02, DELPH 

announce the 

birth of their 

daughter, Hayley 

Brooke, on Dec. 

19,2005. Hayley 

weighed 6 lbs., 7 

oz. Joe received 

his Master of 

Arts degree from Southern Seminary 

in Louisville, Ky., in December 2004, 

and serves as minister of youth and 

Delph Family 



both '03, 
were married 
Shorey May 1 3, in 

Toms River, NJ. Bryan friends at the 
ceremony included best man 
AARON GROEN, '04; maid of 
honor CARRIE LEE, '03; COLIN, 
'04, and ALEXIS (LASSETER), 
'OS; AMY HOBBS, '05; and 
MELISSA MYERS, '04, who sang 
several songs. Tim and Brooke live in 
Ocean Grove, N.J. 

TOM SOLOMON, '03, has been 
named city recorder for the City of 
Dayton, Tenn. Tom had worked for 
the Dayton Police Department for 1 5 

years, and was assistant police chief at 
the time of his appointment as 

KRISTY LAWSON, '03, has 

enrolled in a Master of Arts degree 
program in Worship Studies at 
Liberty University this fall. She will be 
part of LU Praise, a new choir at 

Travis Goccia were married April 8, 

in Chattanooga, Tenn. EMILY 
(RIDDLE) FOWLER, '04x, was a 

bridesmaid. Bethany works for an 
investment management farm, and 

AMANDA SHELTON, '04, earned 
a Master's degree in professional 
counseling from Psychological Studies 
Institute, specializing in children and 
adolescent counseling She has joined 
Crossroads Resource Center in 
Dayton, Tenn., as a counselor. 

DAVID, '04, and Tara STARBUCK 
have moved to Massachusetts, where 
David is enrolled at Gordon-Conwell 

Seminary and Tara works at the 
Gordon College athletic and recre- 
ation facility, 

SHANNA (NIEZWAAG), '04, and 
B.J. BECHTEL announce the birth 
of their daughter, Abigail, on July 5. 
The Bechtel family lives in Chicago, 


CHRIS, »04, and ANNA 

announce the birth of their son, 
Elijah Christopher, on 
March 8, the birthday 
of his great-grandfa- 
ther, CHARLES 
Honorary. CHAR- 
DEN, '70, is the proud grandmother. 
The Hawkins family lives in Dayton, 
Tenn., where Chris is student minister 
at New Union Baptist Church. 

TIFFANY MAN2, '04, and Steve 
Christian, a current student, were 
married April 22. Bryan friends in the 
wedding party were KATIE LOTT, 

Olij ah 

lo Christ above all 

HOGAN, '04; 
SHERRIN, '04; 
4 | '04; CASSAN- 
Steve and Tiffany D RA JOINES, 

*03x; JOHN 
'06; and current student Benjamin 
Stewart. Tiffany is an admissions 
counselor at Bryan, and the Christians 
live in Dayton, Tenn. 

KATIE LESTMANN, '04, received 
her Master's degree in instructional 

leadership from Tennessee 
Technological University in May. She 
is teaching eighth grade science for 
the third year at Rhea Central 
Elementary School in Dayton. 

CA RIGHTER, '05, were married 
March 11 , in Dayton, Tenn. Ben and 
Jessica were living in Orlando, Fla., 
until this summer when they moved 
to Dayton, where Ben is working as 
assistant director of worldview teams 
at Bryan, and Jessica is teaching sev- 
enth and eighth grade English and 
history at Rhea County Academy in 

JOHN SHELLEY, '04, has received 
his Master of Arts in liberal Arts 
degree from St. John's College in 
Annapolis, Md. 

TERRY HILL II, *05x, returned 

from Iraq in November 2005, 

enrolled at Temple University, and 

made the football team as a walk-on. 
lie played extensively in the spring 
football game and earned a spot on 
the team. His father, TERRY HILL, 
'71, is Multi-Area Director of the 
Philadelphia Fellowship of Christian 
Athletes and is also chaplain for the 
Temple Owls. He travels with them to 
all games to perform chapel services 
and serve as the team's spiritual advi- 
sor. Temple U. plays at Vanderbilt and 
Clemson this fall and Big T and LT 
look forward to seeing Bryan friends 


returned to the States after working as 
a missionary intern with United 
World Mission in Estonia. She was a 
mentor and teacher for four mission- 
ary children, assisted in church plant- 
ing efforts, and senior dtben visita- 
tion projects. 

married July 1, in Chattanooga, Tenn. 
Bryan friends in the wedding party 
included KATHRYN HAL- 
PELLUM, '06; and Class of 2005 

NATHAN DEWHURST, ( 05x, and 

Katie Anne Arnold were married June 
3, in Franklin N.C 

TIFFANY KERLEY, '05, and James 

Soyster, Jr., a Bryan student, were 
married May 7 in Dayton, Tenn. The 
Soysters live in Dayton. 

With the Lord 

'36x, of Chattanooga, Tenn., died 
June 10. 

*45, of Chattanooga, Tenn, died May 
1 9. She is survived by her husband, 
ER, *70; and son John Birch. 


VATNE, '48, of Ossco, Minn., died 
June 15. She is survived by her hus- 
band, Ervin Walvatne, and five chil- 

IOLA BAKER, *50x, of Spring City, 
Tenn., died April 15. She is survived 
by a sister. 

Mechanicsburg, Pa., died Feb. 14. He 
is survived by his wife, JUDITH 
(RINCK) MILLER, '70, two chil- 
dren and six grandchildren. 

of Bloomfield, Ky., died May 19. She 

is survived by her husband, GENE 
FORTE, '82. 

JOHN SPRACKLIN, ^5, of Stone 

Mountain, Ga., died Sept. 5. lie is 
survived by his wife, Jenny Spracklin. 

NICK SENTER, '02 Honorary, of 
Lookout Mountain, Tenn., a long- 
time friend and benefactor of the col- 
lege, died Aug. 2. 

Bryan Lift 1Q 

honor and memmygjfts 

received from 

in memory of 

received from 

in memory of 

Ed Fkldey 

Alice Mercer 

Wanda (Winnie) Davey 

Roger and Naomi Davey 

Thomas & Mary Frances Carlson 

Alice Mercer 

Phillip and Dariene J^estmann 

Naomi Davey 

David A. Wright 

Alice Mercer 

Rev. and Mrs, Elam HoUinger, 

Betty Hudson 

Theodore and Alice Mercer 

Drs. Dennis and Mary Ann Hollinger, 

John M. Mercer 

Alice Mercer 

Daphne Hollinger, Nathan and 

Sara and Lawrence Reeve 

Alice Mercer 

Naphtali Hollinger Mitten 

Betty Senter 

Steven and Vicky Smith 

Alice Mercer 

Casey Family Programs 

Betty Senter 

Mr, and Mrs, Robert A. Bailey 

Theodore Mercer 

Michael and Mary Semik 

Betty Senter 

Dr. and Mrs. John B. Bartlett 

Dr. and Mrs. Theodore Mercer 

Jack and Karin Traylor 

Betty Senter 

Jane Ellen Hodges 

Edward de Rosset 

Linda F. Spence 

Betty Senter 

Miriam Levengood 

Edward de Rosset 

Martha Chisolm 

Betty Senter 

Thomas and Mary Frances Carlson 

Edward de Rosset 

Jim and Judy Barth 

Betty Senter 

Mrs. G.N. Traylor 

Edward de Rosset 

Renee Neri 

Betty Senter 

C. Frances H. Price 

Edward de Rosset 

Mid-Carolina Electric Cooperative 

Betty Senter 

Phillip and Dariene Lestmann 

Edward de Rosset 

Martha Chisolm 

Nick Senter 

Miriam Levengood 

Mildred (Midge) Russell 

Clarence A. Bowlin, Jr. 

Nick Senter 

David and Joanie Beste 

Mildred (Midge) Russell 

Charles and Theda Thomas 

Nick Senter 

Norma K. Dewart Robison 

Mildred (Midge) Russell 

Natchez Dixie Youth Baseball Inc. 

Nick Senter 

Robert and Peggy Emmons 

Mildred (Midge) Russell 

Jim and Judy Barth 

Nick Senter 

Grace Bible Church 

Mildred (Midge) Russell 

Jack and Karin Traylor 

Rosalie Rahn 

Charles and Theda Thomas 

Zeb Pritchard 

Phillip and Dariene Lestmann 

Rosalie Rahn 

Jake and Sandy Matthcs 

Vivian Walvatnc 

Dayton Chamber of Commerce 

: Rosalie Rahn 

Kenneth and Joyce Roden 

Vivian Walvatne 

Jim and Judy Barth 

Rosalie Rahn 

Winnie Davey 

LiUie Nothnagel 

Linda Blevins 

Rosalie Rahn 

Charles and Theda Thomas 

Billy W. Weeks 

Charles and Theda Thomas 

WE. (Bill) Stephenson 

Dr. and Mrs, John B. Bartlett 

Dr. and Mrs. Karl Keefer, Jr. 

Phillip and Dariene Lestmann 

Matthew Prince 

Dr. and Mrs. John B. Bartlett 

Rebecca Vanmeeveren 

Phillip and Dariene Lestmann 

Harold Roskamp 

Dr. and Mrs. John B. Bartlett 

Shirley Holmes 

Joseph and Janet Clark 

Lawrence Smith 

Dr, and Mrs, John B. Bardett 

Mr. and Mrs, Frank Schmickl 

Trudy Perdue 

Mr. Emmett CJinkscales, 

William and Gail Boyd 
Jack and Karin Traylor 
Paul and Jane Ardelean 
Brenda and Larry Woo 
Valerie and Anthony C 
Celia M. Dixon 
James and Helen Galloway 

Jack and Karin Traylor 

Naomi Davey 

Paul and Jane Ardelean 

Naomi Davey 

Brenda and Larry Wooten 

Naomi Davey 

Valerie and Anthony Castlen 

Naomi Davey 

Celia M. Dixon 

Naomi Davey 

Naomi Davey 
Naomi Davey 
Naomi Davey 
Naomi Davey 
Naomi Davey 
Naomi Davey 
Naomi Davey 

dearly loved uncle of Trudy 

20 Christ above all 

received from 

Hvcrett and Onaice Gannon 

Joseph and Rachel Decosimo 


Miriam Levengood 

Miriam Levengood 

Phillip and Darlene Lestmann 

Trudy Perdue 

in honor of 

Dr. Fred Donchno 

Dennis Miller 

Dr. Robert Spoede 

Margie Legg 

Tom Davis 

Paul and Margaret Roodzant, 70th Anniversary 

Mrs. Emmett Clinkscales, 

dearly loved aunt of Trudy Perdue 

"Jlet yam iif&t afctte 6e^one 
mm that t&ey may tee yam 
good wm&4 and. yiwifa yam. 

*?€i£&&i, a&a te m heaven, 
Watdew- 5:t6 


J Received High Fixed 

Payments With A Gift 


"1 heard that a person could receive a 
very good return with a gift annuity. 
After contacting Jim Barth at Bryan 
College, I sent $10,000 for an 1 1 .3%* 
annuity. In addition to these fixed pay- 
ments for life and leaving a legacy to 
benefit Bryan College, I benefit from a 
large tax saving this year. Best of all, part 
of each payment is tax free." 

* 1 1 .3% age 90+; rates are reduced for lower ages 

If you would like more information, please mail in this coupon, 
email to, or call 1-800-552-7926. 

Yes. I am interested in high fixed payments with added tax savings. 
Please mail me a free information package 



City, State, Zip 

Mail to Jim Barth, Director of Estate Planning 
Bryan College, P.O. Box 7000, Dayton, TN 37321 

Bryan Life 21 

Bring a friend to Bfyi 

Introduce a high school friend to Br 
College during an Illuminate or Highlig 

visitation event. 

While you're at it, see for yourself what 
new — and what hasn't changed! 

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November 2-3 
March 22-23 


November 3 
March 23 


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For details, contact the Admissions Office at l-Zoo-zyj'^zz or by email at 



P.O. Box 7000 
Dayton, TN 37321-7000